Had a wonderful HOT sauce called Sriacha at a Vietnamese rest. in Tribeca. I asked the waiter where I might buy it and he suggested "Chinatown." sighhhh. But the bottle had a web address, and I was able to mail order the wonderful stuff from www.huyfong.com.
mmmmm...hurts so good.
I can't recommend any one place as having every sort of item, but there are a lot of possibilities, (1) Kalyustan (Lex and 28th) which has chili pepper products from many different lands, from the west to the east indies, but also particularly the hot pepper paste sold at the deli counter in back and the crushed mideast pepper sold by the ounce (2) Kam Kuo or other chinatown groceries, including the vietnamese ones have great hot sauces, including sambal oelek and similar s.e. asian products. The Garden of Eden stores in the 20s also have a fair number of choices. In brooklyn, Eagle Provisions, the two Nuevo Faro supermarkets and a number of new mexican stores, all on 5th Ave between 6th and 20th Sts have a range of hot sauces, as does Sahadi on Atlantic Ave. I really like the Melinda's line of habenero sauces, sold in a number of these places. Good luck.
re: John Knoesel
There used to be a store on Sullivan Street called Hot
Stuff: Spicy food, that basically sold nothing but
hot sauce. I was so sad when I saw that they were
gone. Believe it or not, Zabars has started stocking
a much wider range of hot sauces (I think they have
a better selection than Gourmet Garage). The
Buritoville has started keeping a variety of hot sauces
in their shops--some of which are truly excellent. But
they are not for sale, and no-one who works there ever
knows where they come from.
re: Dan Sonenberg
The "Hot Stuff" store on Sullivan became, briefly, a
catalogue-only enterprise, then the guy folded it.
Currently, the two best hot sauce emporiums in
Kitchen Market on Eighth Avenue between 21 and 22
243-4433, which also features fresh and dried chiles
and a wild variety of other Mexicana. The take-out is
usually quite good.
Widest selection, though, is at that second-floor
walk-up store (I think it's called Provisions) on
the east side of Broadway between Prince and Spring.
She's got quirky hours, but what a selection! All sorts
of other odd foods there--great herb and grain
selections, lots of condiments, dried fruits, olives,
and such. Good prices, too.
Yours in heat,